[ntp:questions] Max time adjustment

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Wed Oct 1 12:33:51 UTC 2008

David Woolley wrote:
> Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
>> ISTR that "-g" unconditionally sets the clock to whatever time is 
>> supplied by the source(s)!  It should bring your clock to within a few 
>> milliseconds of whatever source(s) was/were used.  This is a ONCE only 
>> setting.  Thereafter, less drastic methods are used and the size of 
>> any correction is subject to "sanity checking".
> Not what the documentation (4.2.4p4) says.  It only says that it removes 
> the 1000 second limit.
>>    -g
>>           Normally,  ntpd  exits  with a message to the system log if the
>>           offset exceeds the panic threshold, which is 1000 s by default.
>>           This  option  allows  the  time  to be set to any value without
>>           restriction;  however,  this  can  happen  only  once.  If  the
>>           threshold is exceeded after that, ntpd will exit with a message
>>           to  the  system log. This option can be used with the -q and -x
>>           options. See the tinker command for other options.

I'm not sure what you are trying to say here!  As I read the above text, 
it does not seriously disagree with what I wrote.

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